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Old 01-30-2009, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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simply really my 939 only has 1 gb memory and hard drive is full is it better to add more memory or switch to am2 board with new memeory

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What's your possible budget?
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You'll be much cheaper to purchase just another 1GB of RAM and a HDD than to buy a new mobo, CPU, and DDR2 memory. So if money is an issue then that's probably the better route. However, if you have the money to spend then a new rig might be a better option for you. It really just depends what you want out of it.
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You'll be much cheaper to purchase just another 1GB of RAM and a HDD than to buy a new mobo, CPU, and DDR2 memory. So if money is an issue then that's probably the better route. However, if you have the money to spend then a new rig might be a better option for you. It really just depends what you want out of it.
Well, DDR ram is ridiculously expensive right now. I paid 65 ish bucks for 2gb. It would cost more money to upgrade to a new board/cpu/etc, but at the same time, it would be worth it instead of sinking more money into a dead technology.
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$65 for two gigs? I paid about $150 for the two gigs of G.Skill I have when I built this thing. DDR is higher than DDR2, but it still is reasonable.

Grab two gigs in addition to what you already have.

If you can find a decent deal on a dual core CPU, grab it. Check eBay, for starters.

You are running a 6800gt. Decent GFX cards can be had fairly cheap, around $100 for a 3870, 9600GT, 4830.

Hard drives have got crazy cheap nowadays.

Again, it depends on your budget. Since you have the basics already (case, PSU, hard drive, opticals), a small budget may let you go with a newer generation of internals.
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I paid 190 bucks for my 2x 512mb sticks when I built my current machine, I know all about how expensive RAM was. I was saying, in comparison to the dirt cheap DDR2 prices, it's expensive.

EDIT: It was actually 190 for my CPU, and 140 for my RAM. Still, 140 for 1gb...lol.
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It is pretty hard to even find a dual core 939 proc. I know I have tried. When you do find one the price is so high you may as well save the money for a new build.

I have seen some pretty decent socket 775 builds with mb, cpu, ram, psu and vid card for around $500 posted lately.

Spending any more than $100 unless it is for a video card you can use later on this machine would be a waste of money in my opinion.
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I've also priced out a good AMD build for under 400.

And I second what hef said, if it's not something you can use later, there's really no point to upgrading this machine.
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I paid 190 bucks for my 2x 512mb sticks when I built my current machine, I know all about how expensive RAM was. I was saying, in comparison to the dirt cheap DDR2 prices, it's expensive.

EDIT: It was actually 190 for my CPU, and 140 for my RAM. Still, 140 for 1gb...lol.
My 939 build i spent 200 on 2x512 ocz's, but they are **** good dimm's, overclocked good too.

I would take the hdd, case, psu (if it is sufficient), and optical drive(s), buy a new mobo, ram, and cpu. Then you could decide if you want a new gpu or if your fine with what you have.
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thanks all

considering it no longer my gaming rig ( my quad core is) i think i try 1 gig of ram first $32 from newegg

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